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35. Principal Works by Private Firms.-—-Messrs. Butterﬁeld & Swire’s new dock was used for the ﬁrst time on the 1st October, when a vessel was admitted for repairs. No vessel had been docked in the Admiralty Dock up to the close of the year. Both the Quarry Bay and the Naval Yard Extension establishments were to a large extent in working order
The large blocks of godowns on K. M. L. 88 for the Ocean Steamship Co. and the piers in connection with same were ready for the commencement of business but no steamer had been berthed alongside up to the close of the year.
The Standard Oil Comp;|ny’s works at Lai Chi Kok (N.K.M.L. 2) were still incomplete though in such a state as to be available for use. Great delay in their completion was caused by the slip of the sea-wall mentioned in the report for 1906.
The Brewery on N.K.M.L. 3, Lai Chi Kok, was completed.
A Cigar Factory on K.l.L. 1203, Yaumati, was completed.
The excavation for the extension of the Dock Company’s No. 1 Dock at Hunghom was in progress throughout the year as was also the construction of Messrs. Jardine, Matheson
and Company’s Oﬁice.
The reconstruction of the southern, or old, portion of the Hongkong Hotel was begun, the demolition of the old buildings being completed and foundations for the new building, which is to he of steel-frame construction, begun.
Among other works of less magnitude which have been commenced or completed during the year the following may be mentioned :--
12 houses on M.L. 29, Queen's Road East.
5 European houses on Shaukiwan l.L. 409 in connection with Quarry Bay Shipyard.
6 houses on Shaukiwan l.L. 1780.
3 houses on Shaukiwan l.L. 414.
Club House for the Royal Hongkong Yacht Club.
Club House for Victoria Recreation Club.
Godowns and tenement houses (16 houses) on P.R.M.L. 57.
10 houses on K.M.L. 29, Yaumati.
3 houses on K.M.L. 30, Yaumati.
13 houses on K.l.L. 1076, Mongkoktsui.
8 houses on N.K.I.L. 21, Sham Shui Po.
Godown on Shaukiwan I L. 1580.
4 houses on M.L.s 78, 79, 80 and 206, Western District of City.
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of partitions in the living-rooms was subsequently ordered, but had not been completed at the close of the year.
1908. Estimates, $12,000.00 | Total Estimates, $30,000.00
1908. Expenditure, 11,996.19 | Expenditure to 31/12/08,
76. New Roads in Kowloon.—The following were the works executed under this vote of $30,000 :—
(i.) Extension of Robinson Road (re-named Nathan Road) from Market Street to Waterloo Road. This work was completed at a cost of $13,581.70, the expenditure during 1908 amounting to $4,351.94.
(ii.) Continuation of same from Waterloo Road to K.F.L. No. 2. This work became necessary on account of the erection of the Cigar Factory on K.I.L. 1203. It was incomplete at the close of the year, the expenditure on it amounting to $8,514.36.
(iii.) Road from Ma Tau Kok to Tai Shek Ku (incomplete). The principal object of this road was to shorten the distance from the Slaughter Houses to Yaumati but it will be found very useful in other ways. The expenditure amounted to $3,096.15.
1908. Estimates, $30,000.00
1908. Expenditure, 15,962.45
77. New Roads in New Territories.—The extension of the Kowloon City Road from its point of intersection with the Military roads to its point of bifurcation to Customs Pass and Chin Lan Chu Village was completed at a cost of $6,352.98, the Military Authorities contributing a sum of $3,176.58. There is nothing special to record about it. The gradient varies from 1 in 14 to 1 in 8.
Contracts were let towards the close of the year for :—
(a.) A road, 6 feet in width, from Castle Peak Bay to Ping Shan Village.
(6.) A road, 7 feet in width, from near Kowloon City to Shatin Pass.
The amount expended on item (a) was $2,590 for land resumptions and $1,250.97 for surveying, defining areas to be resumed, etc., or a total of $3,750.97.
In the case of item (b), the Military Authorities are to bear the principal part of the cost, the Government taking over and maintaining the road after its completion. The expenditure amounted to $1,594.68 for land resumption.
1908. Estimates, $15,000.00
1908. Expenditure, 8,524.23
78. Forming and Kerbing Streets.—The following is a statement of the works executed under this heading, except those of a trifling nature. The sum stated is in some cases only a part of the cost owing to the work extending into more than one year :—
(i.) Improving Shaukiwan Road from S.M.L. 1 to a point midway
between S. L.s 395 and 397 : Resumptions or
compensation for removal of buildings to new sites -
Pulling down old buildings, 300
Diverting and kerbing and channelling road, 3,961
Reconstructing No. 8 Bridge and forming road to eastward
of same 963
Diverting nullah adjoining S.l.L. 414, 342
Diverting tramway, 2,539
Widening road opposite S.M.L. 1 to admit of diversion of
(ii.) Improving Shaukiwan Road below Quarry Bay Dam No. 4, .$7,754
(iii.) Improvement of Kennedy Road West of Public Laundries
and extension of Stone Nullah Lane to Kennedy Road, 3,282
(iv.) Excavating hill, removing slips and forming Forbes and
Cadogan Streets, Kennedy Town, 3,000
(v ) Forming and kerbing streets intersecting S.M.L.s 2-10, 2,373
(vi.) Forming and kerbing Praya West between Sand Street and